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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
QUETTA (BNA) 17 condemned prisoners were sent to the gallows in various jails on Tuesday morning, a day which marks the highest number of executions in the country since the moratorium on death penalties was lifted.
In Central Jail in Gujranwala, convicts Inayatullah, Zafar Iqbal and Muhammad Latif were hanged. Inayatullah was convicted for the murder of seven people from the same family in Wazirabad, whereas Iqbal and Latif were hanged for shooting four people including one woman over a petty issue.
In Faisalabad, two convicts Muhammad Hussain and Nizamuddin were hanged in Central Jail whereas Muhammad Azam was hanged in District Jail. Hussain and Nizamuddin were convicted for the murder of three people in 1998 while Azam was convicted for murdering seven people from one family in 2004.
Read: Twelve convicts executed in various jails across Pakistan
In Sialkot Jail, convicts Luqman and Saleem were sent to the gallows for the gang-rape of a minor in Qila Kalarwala in 1999. Their death warrants were issued last week by a special Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala.
Sultan Alias Raja was hanged in Multan's Central jail committing murder in 2000 whereas, in Sahiwal's Central Jail a convict named Liaqat was hanged for murdering a man named Bilal in 1998.
Meanwhile, Convict Azhar Mehmood was hanged in Gujrat District Jail for the murder of a man named Shan Ali Tarrar in 1995 over minor arguments.
Also read: Five prisoners hanged in Punjab jails
In Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail, two convicts were hanged for murder whereas in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, three were sent to the gallows also for murder. A convict named Riaz Ahmed was also hanged for murder in Quetta's Mach jail.
Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.
Initially executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of a Taliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 150 persons, mostly schoolchildren, on December 16, 2014.
The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Yemen (BNA) The Al-Qaeda group in Yemen has announced that a top Saudi leader in the organization has been killed by a US air strike, according to a statement distributed by the group online.
The group said in a statement on Tuesday that Ibrahim al Rubaish was killed in a drone attack two days earlier.The group did not specify where the purported strike took place.
Al-Rubaish had a $5m bounty on his head.
The death of al-Rubaish may be a sign that a covert US drone programme against Yemen's branch of the armed group continues despite the evacuation of American military advisers from the country amid a worsening civil war.
Yemeni and US officials had no immediate comment on the claim.
The group said al-Rubaish, who is from Saudi's ultra-conservative Qassim region, "has spent two decades of his life in jihad, fighting America and its agents".
He first fought in Afghanistan before he was arrested and held in the US military prison of Guantanamo for "a few years" before he joined al-Qaeda.
Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, who has reported extensively on Yemen, said al-Rubaish was "someone who has huge influence" among Yemen's al-Qaeda fighters.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least five terrorists were killed by security forces in the Datta Khel Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
Terrorists attacked a security forces check post in the area and five terrorists were killed when security forces retaliated.
Following the incident security forces launched a search operation in the area.

Sunday, April 05, 2015
PESHAWAR (BNA) Two bomb disposal technicians died in a roadside bomb explosion Saturday as they cleared a route for troops in the Barwand area of South Waziristan near the Afghan border, officials said.
The incident took place in the Barwand area of South Waziristan tribal district, one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions, which is considered a stronghold of Taliban militants.
“Two bomb disposal officials were clearing the route for troop movement when an improvised explosive device went off, killing both of them,” a senior security official told AFP.
The semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for Islamist militants of all stripes, including Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.
Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan last June after a bloody Taliban attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks.
Washington has pressed Islamabad for years to wipe out the sanctuaries in the North Waziristan tribal area, which militants have used to launch attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.
Air strikes, artillery, mortars and ground troops have all been used to take back territory.

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